KIPP Northern California Health & Safety Plan
Our students, families, and teachers are the heart and soul of KIPP, and our top priority is their health and safety.
In adherence with California Department of Public Health recommendations, as well as local recommendations and policies, we have developed this Health & Safety Plan to implement at our campuses once we can safely begin welcoming students back.
Keeping Covid-19 Off Campus
Routine Testing for Staff & Students: Through our partnership with a private testing lab, KIPP conducts on-site COVID-19 testing for all staff and students before returning to campus, and then ongoing on a weekly basis. This will continue as long as health data in our communities indicates the need to do so.
Health & Exposure Monitoring: Our schools use active campus access and screening protocols, including daily temperature checks. Everyone on campus participates in a health and exposure screening process prior to entry every day.
KIPP also implements a 5 day quarantine (distance learning) period after extended holiday breaks. Program participants are required to pass COVID-19 testing and health & exposure screening prior to return to campus.
Visitor Restrictions: Campus access is restricted to students and staff who do not meet any of our exclusion criteria, with limited access to essential visitors with prior school approval. All approved visitors are subject to KIPP’s rigorous health and exposure screening prior to entry.
Staff & Family Education: All staff participate in ongoing mandatory training, including training on the science of COVID-19 and KIPP’s health and safety protocols.
Health & Safety on Campus
Batching: Our on-campus student population is kept small at < 25% for any specialized small groups and < 50% for hybrid learning when community health data improves. To further reduce risk and exposure, teachers and students are organized in small fixed or semi-fixed cohorts on campus.
Physical Distancing: Smaller student groups, the reconfiguring of campus and classroom layout, and updated campus and classroom routines support physical distancing in classrooms and other shared school spaces. Clear signage in key areas around campus delineate room capacity, physical distancing requirements and campus movement norms.
PPE: KIPP provides reusable face coverings to staff and students (and face shields to those who need them). Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times, except when eating or in isolation. All students are required to wear face masks unless medically exempt, with planned mask breaks especially for our youngest students.
Hygiene & Enhanced Cleaning: Rigorous hygiene (including washing or sanitizing hands regularly) is reinforced throughout the day. Multiple hand washing/sanitizing stations are available around campus, including sanitizing stations in every classroom. Janitorial vendors routinely clean and disinfect high touch surfaces according to CDC standards for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Responding to Covid
Quarantines & Closures: In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, impacted individuals or groups will quarantine in accordance with public health requirements. If ≥5% of on-campus staff and students test positive for COVID-19 in our weekly testing, we will consult with public health regarding a possible program shift to distance learning.
Contact Tracing: KIPP Northern California is staffed with a certified Pandemic Coordinator trained in emergency mitigation and response who works directly with local public health agencies. This enables schools and the region to execute rapid response tactics (exclusion, dismissal and isolation; contact tracing; target closures) to quickly address suspected or confirmed cases.
On-Demand Testing: KIPP will support on-demand testing in the event of a known exposure or suspected case of COVID-19. Results will be available in 24-48 hours and individuals will be quarantined at home until results are known. Positive tests are reported directly to KIPP and public health.
Deep Cleaning: In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, KIPP will immediately close potentially contaminated campus spaces and deep clean and disinfect these spaces according to CDC standards for responding to COVID-19.